Murder, She Wrote

Season 6 Episode 10

Class Act

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 1989 on CBS
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After pushing too hard on a case powerful people do not want solved, Los Angeles homicide detective Jake Ballinger is farmed out to teach criminology at a local college. His opening speech reduces his class to two students, an aspiring private eye and a female insurance claims investigator. Now, Ballinger and his students take up the unsolved case as their project. The victim was a young woman who had recently given her baby up for adoption, and Ballinger discovers a connection to a state senator who may have been willing to kill to protect his family and career.moreless

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  • No Jessica, but instead we have Lt. Jake Ballinger. "Class Act" could have made for an entertaining series in its own right.

    9.4
    Continuing the trend of Jessica-lite episodes in Season 6, we have "Class Act." It boasts a starring turn from Barry Newman (who had previously turned up as a cop in Season 5's "Snow White, Blood Red") as a hard-nosed cop who is relegated to teaching a criminology course when he steps on the wrong toes.



    I really liked the Ballinger character. He was tough and didn't take crap lying down, but the scenes with his daughter at home (his old-fashioned ideas about love and marriage) and his analogy of the case to "Richard III" were nice touches. Usually, the cops on "Murder, She Wrote" were purely tough guys or eggheads, with no middle ground. Jake Ballinger feels like a real person, and it's a shame we never heard from him or his class of sleuths again over the course of the series.



    The only weak point is the Mrs. Mills character. She's a little too crass and flashy, and her taking offense at nearly everything Ballinger says or does gets old really fast.moreless
Barry Newman

Barry Newman

Lt. Jake Ballinger

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Lise Hilboldt

Lise Hilboldt

Elizabeth Mills

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Grant Heslov

Grant Heslov

Bernie Berndlestein

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